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 NORWAY has to STOP whaling !!!
  • Petitioned fiskeri - og kystministeren Lisbeth Berg-Hansen

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fiskeri - og kystministeren Lisbeth Berg-Hansen

NORWAY has to STOP whaling !!!

    1. Daniela Maier
    2. Petition by

      Daniela Maier

      Rasta, Norway

Norway - Traditional whale hunters ... since 1930
Since restarting its commercial whaling, Norway has claimed that its Minke whale hunt is small-scale and traditional. In fact, Norway did not begin Minke whaling until 1930. Some of Norway's whaling vessels cross international waters and travel more than a thousand miles to reach their hunting grounds.

The ships act as small factories, flensing whales on board and remaining at sea for weeks at a time. In fact, Norway's whaling fleet is by no means crucial to the survival of Norway's coastal communities, which depend on the state of Norway's fisheries.

Brochures published by the Norwegian government claim that whale meat is sold in Norway where it is a traditional part of the Norwegian diet.

The reality is that there is little market for the meat in Norway - the real goal of Norway's whalers is export to Japan where prices paid for whale meat are several times higher than in Norway.

The Japanese connection
The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) currently lists all the great whales on its Appendix I, under which the international trade in whale products is prohibited.

Japan and Norway are both lobbying aggressively, to downlist whales from Appendix I to Appendix II, thereby reopening trade.

In early 2001, the Norwegian government announced that it would allow the export of whale meat and blubber to Japan, even though such trade is prohibited under CITES.

A spokesperson for the whalers public relations arm described the decision as 'the final victory'. Greenpeace has documented tons of frozen blubber, each block carefully wrapped and labelled in Japanese, stored in Norwegian industrial freezers, waiting for export.

A resumption of international trade in whale products would have dire implications. Pirate whalers will have an even greater incentive to hunt whales covertly, as it will become easier for them to smuggle illegal whale meat into Japan.

Even with the current trade ban in place, illegal whale meat from both abundant and endangered species of whales is regularly discovered on sale in Japan.

Help to stop the handle with whalemeat !! NOW !!

No MORE SLAUGHTERING !! NO MORE DEALS WITH JAPAN !!

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. first answer from the fishing-minister

      Daniela Maier
      Petition Organizer

      Dear whaleprotectors :)
      this is the first reaction of the fishing-minister in Norway :

      " We thank you for your interest in Norway, and Norwegian environmental issues. Your commitment to animal welfare is very impressive, and we want to emphasize that a comprehensive and sustainable use of marine resources of great importance to Norway.
      Norway engages in only a very limited trapping of one type of whale, minke whale. Meanwhile, in Norway, strictly forbidden to capture around 75 other whale species. Minke whales do not belong to an endangered species, and is therefore not part of this ban. Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission has estimated that there are over 100,000 minke whales in Norwegian waters. The Norwegian whaling means that every year just to catch up to 885 minke whales, that only a very small proportion of the total population."

      - Well, this means that he doesn`t think to stop whaling so far.
      But i dont wanna stop trying to open mind them !!!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. news

      Daniela Maier
      Petition Organizer

      thank you all sooo much for your support :) we have already reached 312 signs in 3 days, i think thats good :)
      the guy from the government didnt act at all yet, what means that we have to continue :)
      We will do a change !! together !! i know :)

      Keep on going :) love. light and blueness to you all out there <3

      Fight !!!! :D

    5. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Madeline Stephens BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Because I want to continue to share a planet with these intelligent sentient creatures. I cannot bear hearing about the slaughter of cetaceans anywhere in the world.

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    • Mareike Klein DEN HAAG, NETHERLANDS
      • 8 months ago

      Whales are migratory species and should receive special protection as such

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      • 8 months ago

      This slaughtering is an outraging scandal!

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    • Rafael Rezende da Silva MACAé, BRAZIL
      • 8 months ago

      we already are in the future, we dont need this anymore.

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    • daan peters DEN HAAG, NETHERLANDS
      • 8 months ago

      not

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